Cleveland Fire Brigade has said it is "disappointed" that members of the Fire Brigade Union (FBU) will go on strike today.
Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer at Cleveland Fire Brigade, said:
"We are disappointed that a negotiated settlement could not be reached in this national dispute. The safety of our communities is, and always will be our number one priority, and I can reassure the public we will provide a professional emergency response throughout any period of disruption. We will respond promptly to all emergency calls received and the community volunteers who have come forward to be trained as auxiliary firefighters will play a large part in that response."
"We are asking members of the public to take extra care in order to reduce the risk of a fire in their homes, businesses and communities. Over the next few days we will provide advice, support and guidance on how to stay safe in the press, online and distributed across Cleveland, so please take some time to access and read this potentially lifesaving information."
– Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer at Cleveland Fire Brigade
Cleveland Fire Brigade is among the services that are training volunteers in case planned strike action goes ahead.
Fire Brigade Union (FBU) members have voted to take action within the next month in a row with the Government over proposals to review the current pension scheme. If the strike happens, it would be the first time fire services have taken nationwide industrial action for more than a decade.
Cleveland is one of the services that is training auxiliary firefighters to provide cover for officers that go on strike.
Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer at Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: "Because here 95% of the operational workforce are in the FBU, I've got to expect they will all follow the strike call and not be available for duty.
"Consequently I went out a month ago into the community and asked for volunteers to be trained as auxiliary firefighters for defensive training."
Volunteer members of the public are being trained to cover for firefighters ahead of planned strike action.
It follows a row over Government proposals to review the current pension scheme. Fire Brigade Union (FBU) members have voted to take action within the next month, in what would be the first national strike of firefighters for more than 10 years.
Some of the new auxiliary firefighters are being trained by Cleveland Fire Brigade.
Arson incidents in Cleveland over the Easter holidays cost the taxpayer more than half a million pounds, according to figures released by Cleveland Fire Service.
Between March 28 and April 14, firecrews attended 279 deliberate small fires across the Cleveland area costing a total of £549,630.
The large majority were grass fires.
Phil Lancaster, Director of Community Protection with Cleveland Fire Brigade said: “Overall, arson is falling significantly year on year, but it still accounts for 71% of fires.
"These latest figures over the Easter period demonstrate there is still much work to be done to tackle arson, and we are continuing to work closely with our partners and local communities to put a stop to it once and for all.
“Grass fires not only blight our landscape and harm our countryside; they also put the lives of residents, firefighters, visitors, and animals in danger."
Cleveland Fire Service have recently launched a campaign to combat arson called: "Enough is Enough."
Anyone with information about any of the incidents should call CrimeStoppers confidentially on 0800 555 111 or thePolice on 101.